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January 27, 2017Corinne Hoogakker

CEI Blog Highlights

Lessons Learned series: key takeaways from Journeys to Scale

Over the last few months, CEI has been publishing interviews and blog posts as part of our Lessons Learned series. These stories highlight practical takeaways from CEI’s Journeys to Scale report, produced in partnership with UNICEF.

In this series, the CEI team reflects on what we have learned so far from each of these innovatations as they attempt to scale and improve learning outcomes. Each blog post sums up unique insights and emerging trends from the report, with four total posts focusing on the scaling process of initiatives in Brazil, Ghana, Peru and Ethiopia.

Upcoming Events

3ie: Governance and service delivery in India – using national and global evidence
Feb 9, 2017 - New Delhi, India

Is there more to be learned from international experience to further the governance agenda in India? This conference will consider international and national evidence on better governance and service delivery. Experts will discuss topic areas including existing research and evidence gaps on governance in India as well as the use of evidence in decision-making at different levels in the Government of India.

CIES 2017 Annual Conference
March 5-9, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

The three-day Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual conference in Atlanta, GA will include panels, roundtable discussions, paper presentations, networking, and presentation of the latests research surrounding this year’s theme, “Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education”, with pre-conference workshops on Sunday, March 5th.

GEC Symposium on Global Competencies
April 3-6, 2017 - Chicago, IL

In partnership with UNESCO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the Global Education Conference Network, the CoSN Symposium on Global Competencies will bring together thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to explore issues, learn from each other and determine how they can ensure student success.

Funding Opportunities

UK Aid Match
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Through UK Aid Match, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is working towards achievement of the SDGs by matching public donations to charity appeals. DFID will provide grants to CSOs based in the United Kingdom for poverty reduction projects in developing countries. CSOs must be planning a public appeal to raise at least £100,000.  Interested organizations must first submit a concept note here.

Open Society Foundation- Early Childhood Programme weeklong course
Deadline: Feb 14, 2017

The Early Childhood Programme (ECP) will be facilitating a week-long residential course from July 10th-14th, 2017 on 'The role of early childhood development in promoting equity and social inclusion: theory, policy and practice'.  Those active in the fields of early childhood development, equity and social inclusion are invited to apply.  For more information on the course and how to apply click here. Attendance costs of successful applicants will be fully funded.

The Yidan Prize
Deadline: March 2017

The world’s largest education award is accepting nominations for 2017. Founded in 2016 by Charles Chen Yidan, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded Chinese internet portal Tencent, the Yidan Prize awards nearly four million dollars each to two innovators in education research and development. Winning projects will be inspirational, replicable, and sustainable. Additional information regarding nominations can be found here.

Global Education News

India: some progress in annual survey, but gains are not enough

This week, the ASER (the Annual Status of Education Report) released their 2016 findings on the state of rural education in India.  Enrollment remains high, but improvement in learning outcomes is inconsistent and painfully slow (for example, the percentage of 3rd grade students who could read simple words in English increased from 28.5% in 2009 to 32% in 2016). The Times of India reviews this year's results and comments on the scale of the problem: with nealy half a billion children in India today, initiatives to ensure learning are needed now just as much as they were with the release of the first ASER report in 2005.

R4D welcomes new education lead

Results for Development (R4D) President and CEO Gina Lagomarsino announced last week that Nicholas Burnett will step down as the organization’s managing director for global education on March 1, 2017. He will be succeeded by Amy Black who most recently served as the vice president of growth strategy and development at the nonprofit Teach For All. R4D communications officer Wambui Munge recently interviewed Amy to learn more about her experience and some of the lessons she is bringing to R4D.

Corinne Hoogakker is pursuing her MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  She works as an intern at the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) at R4D.  In the last few years, she has served as a primary school teacher in Palestine and worked in educational administration in DC public schools.

Photo Credits: Lively Minds ; Project Fuel ; R4D

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